Councilman Luis Ayala was nominated at Monday's City Council meeting to the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority Board, an organization that helps develop and implement groundwater treatment programs in the San Gabriel Basin. The Water Quality Authority has received no other nominations for the vacancy.
If elected, Ayala would represent 12 cities in the three San Gabriel Basin districts that could pump water in the event of a shortage or cutoff. Ayala said a priority would be to decrease the San Gabriel Valley's reliance on water from outside sources, noting the area relies on 50 percent of its supply from the Colorado River, San Joaquin, and Bay deltas from Northern California. In 1979, it was discovered that the San Gabriel Basin was contaminated with volatile organic compounds that came from a World War II airplane factory; only 50 percent of the chemicals have since been contained.
The seat has been vacant since July 2012 when Whittier Councilman Greg Nordbak resigned to work for a private company. If Ayala receives the position, he would receive $148.24 for every meeting that he attends, which are held six times per month, according to Stephanie Moreno, information assistant for the Water Quality Authority. There are no other benefits attached to the position.
Mayor Barbara Messina also declared Monday that Dec. 8, 2012, will be All Souls Centennial Day, in honor of 100 years of mass at the All Souls Parish on Main Street. Messina, who is an active parishioner at All Souls, awarded a plaque to 10 fellow church members at the meeting. A commemorative mass will be held on the same day at 10 a.m. with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez presiding as the main celebrant.
Not able to attend the City Council meeting? You can watch it in its entirety here.City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month in the second floor of the City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be held on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.